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June 18th Playbook

The American Federation of Teachers is out with an ad pressuring Sen. Pat Toomey to support the HEROES Act, while former VP Joe Biden spoke in Delaware County about the coronavirus pandemic. Here is the Playbook.

Metcalfe and 24 GOP Reps File to Impeach for Wolf: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe and 24 of his House GOP colleagues introduced five articles of impeachment against Gov. Tom Wolf over his response to the coronavirus pandemic, on Tuesday.

AFT Pressures Toomey on HEROES Act: The American Federation of Teachers launched a two-week ad campaign in Pennsylvania pressuring Sen. Pat Toomey to pass the HEROES Act.

Oliver North Endorses Garrity: Stacy Garrity, an Iraq War veteran and businesswoman who is the GOP candidate for Treasurer, released a video on Wednesday sharing the news that Oliver North has endorsed her bid for the statewide office. Garrity is attempting to unseat Treasurer Joe Torsella in November. Torsella defeated Republican Otto Voit by 6 points in 2016 for the office.

For results on races called prior to today, check out previous Playbooks starting from June 3.

Primary Election Update: 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD22 Dem: State Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) leads Enid Santiago by 55 votes, which is slightly more than 1%, in this majority Latino district, according to county website results. Lehigh Valley Live reports that although Schweyer declared victory in the race, Santiago is calling for a special election for the seat. 

LEADER: HD75 GOP: Mike Armanini holds a 3 point lead over Lisa Becker in the three candidate race to succeed state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield). The winner will face Democrat Ryan Grimm in the fall for the GOP friendly district. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD175 Dem: State Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia) who holds a 1,109 vote lead, 7%, over Vanessa McGrath, Jeff Dempsey, and Andre Del Valle in the four candidate primary among in-person votes, declared victory in the primary. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD182 Dem: State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia), who leads challenger Marisa Shaaban by 2,825 votes, 15%, with all of the in-person votes accounted for, while the mail-in votes are still coming in, declared victory in the primary. The GOP candidate in this safe Dem district is Drew Murray. Sims added 1,000 plus votes to his lead in the race as of Friday morning, when he held a 1,786 vote advantage in the race. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD188 Dem: Rick Krajewski holds a 2,624 vote, 21%, lead over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary and declared victory in the race on Monday

LEADER: TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Darisha Parker now holds a 267 vote lead in the primary over Bernard Williams, while Fareed Abdullah and Supreme Dow also trail for the seat held by outgoing state Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia). As of Friday morning, Williams held a 122 vote lead in the primary. The margin between first and last place is also slim. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s primary election results are finally in. Here’s what they mean for November.
Inquirer: Joe Biden, in latest visit to Pa., says Trump is ‘surrendering’ to coronavirus 
Inquirer: Pa. drop in COVID-19 cases wins federal praise, and New Jersey works to reopen colleges 
AP: Auditor’s race poses historic first for candidates of color 
AP: High court to decide lawsuit seeking end to disaster order
AP: Biden calls on Trump to ‘wake up’ to havoc caused by virus 
AP: Health Department asks court to shut down Carlisle auto show 
Spotlight PA: Pa. will give health systems $175 million to lead coronavirus response inside state’s struggling nursing homes 
Spotlight PA: Health officials failed to safeguard trust in Pa.’s coronavirus data, sowing confusion
WHYY Newsworks: In Pa. speech, Biden casts Trump as checked out of pandemic
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Three takeaways from the first day of the Pa. Senate’s police reform hearings
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Qualified immunity, explained. And why police reformers want to end it
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Md., other states push EPA to force stricter pollution standards for Pa. power plants
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As COVID cases trend downward, Levine urges Pennsylvanians ‘not to be complacent’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Supreme Court will take up fight between Wolf, Republicans over COVID-19 emergency declaration
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Teachers union launches $1 million ad supporting HEROES Act
Patriot News: Joe Biden holds narrow lead over President Trump in Pa., new poll finds 
Patriot News: Pa. Capitol to reopen to the public on June 22 
Patriot News: Pa. senators explore policing, criminal justice reform issues in wake of George Floyd’s killing
Patriot News: More Pa. counties could be approved for green phase Friday 
Patriot News: Pa. charter, private schools concerned about money and challenges of reopening in the fall 
Patriot News: Facebook will allow users to turn off political ads 
PLSReporter: Pa. Supreme Court exercises King’s Bench powers on disaster declaration case
PLSReporter: Following House action, Senate begins their own ‘look at … systemic problems’ in policing and criminal justice systems
Tribune Review: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s push to impeach Gov. Wolf likely to fail, experts say 
Fox News: Pennsylvania sues to stop car show over crowd size even after Gov. Wolf marched in protest two weeks earlier 
Fox News: Biden urges Trump to ‘wake up’ and stop waving ‘the white flag’ on coronavirus
Central Voice: June 24 virtual panel discussion looks at the history of central Pa.’s LGBTQ community
LNP | LancasterOnline: Congressman: Sending COVID-19 patients from Pa. hospitals to nursing homes was ‘death sentence’ 
Washington Examiner: Ivanka Trump to Salena Zito: ‘I think healing needs to happen in the country’
National Journal: Borges, Scaramucci Launch Pro-Biden Super PAC
KDKA: Report: Pennsylvania’s State Economy Has Some Of The Most Racial Inequality In The Country 
Times-Tribune: Wolf lauds state response to COVID-19, but top Senate leader disagrees 
The Hill: Republican operatives pushing GOP turnout for Biden with new super PAC
Philly Voice: Joe Biden slams President Trump for not ‘taking responsibility’ during COVID-19 pandemic  
Post-Gazette: Pa. Republicans question Trump trade representative on logic of tariffs
Politico: Next testing debacle: The fall virus surge
CNN: Anti-Trump Republican group launches new ad attacking President over China policies
CNN: Republican operatives launch new group supporting Biden

Billy Penn: Philly strips $33 million from police funding in late-night budget agreement with no public comment 
Billy Penn: ‘There’s gonna be looting,’ police warned white Fishtowners, showing a close-knit relationship that plays out across Philly
Inquirer: Philly budget deal cuts police funding by $33 million 
Inquirer: 13,000 Philadelphians applied for pandemic rental assistance. Funds ran out after 4,000. 
Inquirer: Juneteenth joins list of Philadelphia city holidays
Inquirer: Philly’s business districts are at a turning point: If there’s no support, the city ‘will be no place to invest’ 
Inquirer: Philly prosecutor lobbying for statue: Columbus was a ‘civil-rights activist’ 
Inquirer: Homeless in new Parkway encampment in danger of coronavirus, and being used like ‘pawns’ by activists, advocate charges 
Inquirer: Crews cover base of Columbus monument at Penn’s Landing as nonprofit considers removal 
Inquirer: Philly Pride is normally marked by a parade. This year, the queer community will march for Black Lives.  
Inquirer: SEPTA’s toughest job is now even tougher | Morning Newsletter 
Inquirer: Between feces and bodily fluids, the coronavirus makes SEPTA’s dirtiest jobs even tougher
WHYY Newsworks: Philly councilmembers call for ambassadors, not police, to enforce social distancing 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council committee advances two pieces of police reform package
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly announces programs to help businesses affected by COVID-19  
WHYY Newsworks: Street sweeping to continue in 6 Philly neighborhoods and on business corridors
Philadelphia Tribune: Mayor declares Juneteenth official Philadelphia holiday
Philadelphia Magazine: City Threatens to Shut Down Restaurants Where Outdoor Dining Rules Aren’t Being Followed
Philadelphia Citizen: Green-Lighting Change
Philly Voice: Columbus Monument at Penn’s Landing being considered for removal
Philly Voice: Philadelphia recognizes Juneteenth as official city holiday
KYW Newsradio: City Council poised to cut $33M from Philly police, implement reforms
KYW Newsradio: Protesters for homeless rights in Philadelphia lay out demands to city officials
KYW Newsradio: Center City District survey on shopping, dining finds safety is the biggest concern for Philadelphians

Delco Daily Times: Biden talks to small group during visit to Delaware County 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County OKs second round of small-business grants
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County officials make Juneteenth a paid county holiday 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 28 new positive cases of coronavirus, no deaths
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks forms election task force to address voting issues 
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick supervisors’ meeting devolves into shouting match

Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto names 17-member task force on police reform in Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County’s preliminary primary-vote count shows 42% turnout 
Post-Gazette: Mother of Antwon Rose II says she was in D.C. to push for police reform but didn’t meet with Trump
Post-Gazette: Scott official who made comment about Dr. Levine resigns 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council panel gives negative recommendation to universal jail, Kane testing 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 0 new COVID-19 cases for first time since March 
Post-Gazette: CMU receives backlash over the naming of a senior fellow 
WESA: Reschenthaler Decries Defunding Police As House Democrats Discuss Police Reform
WESA: Allegheny County Health Officials Report No New Coronavirus Cases, But Warn Pandemic Is Not Over
WESA: Allegheny Conference CEO ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ For Pittsburgh’s Pandemic Rebound
WESA: Pittsburgh City Council Rejects An Effort To Spread Affordable Housing Money More Broadly
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Says He Hopes Newly-Formed Police Reform Task Force Creates ‘Real, Sustained Change’
KDKA: ‘Our Future Is Truly At Stake’: Pittsburgh Leaders Working To Increase Black Voter Participation In Upcoming Election 
KDKA: Founder Of Black Lives Matter Pittsburgh And Southwest Pennsylvania Ready To Leave Her Mark
KDKA: Scott Twp. Commissioner Resigns Following Disrespectful Comment Towards Secretary Of Health Dr. Rachel Levine: ‘A Guy Dressed Up Like A Woman’  
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports No New Coronavirus Cases For First Time Since March, But 3 Additional Deaths 
KDKA: Group Of North Allegheny School District Alumni Calling For School Board To Address Racism, Promote Diversity
The Incline: How to commemorate Juneteenth 2020 in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Current: ‘Feed The Hood’ Providing Free Meals To Honor Antwon Rose On Anniversary Of Teen’s Death At The Hands Of Police
Pittsburgh Business Times: No new cases in Allegheny County: ‘Today’s report does not mean that the pandemic is over’ 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Exclusive: Attorney general on why his office is criminally prosecuting some natural gas companies
Tribune Review: Mother of Antwon Rose II sees hope in police reform movement 
Tribune Review: Gas well impact fees drop in 2019; Westmoreland County gets $1.16 million, Allegheny County $1.8 million 
Tribune Review: Embattled Scott commissioner steps down in wake of health secretary comments
City Paper: Update: Scott Township commissioner resigns after transphobic comments concerning Dr. Rachel Levine
City Paper: At Black Lives Matter rally, attendees call on North Allegheny school board to implement anti-racist policies

Observer-Reporter: Washington County to receive largest share of gas impact fees
Observer-Reporter: Unions sue Trump administration on mining safety
Observer-Reporter: County purchasing 21st century technology
Altoona Mirror: Board apologizes over flag incident
Altoona Mirror: Shale impact fee delivers $111,276
Altoona Mirror: Wolf: Transition going well; still urges caution
Altoona Mirror: Blair seeking $11M in aid
Altoona Mirror: Senate hearing addresses injustice
Altoona Mirror: Dairy industry to receive $40M in CARES funding
Tribune Review: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s push to impeach Gov. Wolf likely to fail, experts say
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County extends primary election certification deadline another week
KDKA: Community Members In Westmoreland County Hold Town Hall To Voice Concerns About Racial Injustices
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | ‘We have much work to do’: Ebensburg Borough to make changes after Confederate flag’s appearance in parade
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. sees drop in overall new COVID-19 case numbers as Bedford County adds six positives
Beaver County Times: “Medicare for All” caravan, rally planned for Saturday 

The Times Leader: Luzerne County to end emergency declaration on Thursday 
The Times Leader: 1 new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; no new deaths 
The Times Leader: LIU passes special education budget, honors retirees 
The Times Leader: Effects of COVID-19 on region tops 2020 Indicators forum
Citizens Voice: County state of emergency ends today 
Citizens Voice: NAACP calls for Courtdale police chief’s firing 
Citizens Voice: County has 1 new virus case; no new deaths
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Commissioners approve low-interest loan program, virtual market advertising plan 
Times-Tribune: McNulty to step down as Democratic National Committee member 
Times-Tribune: Natural gas impact fee disbursements down about $50 million compared to last year 
Times-Tribune: Wolf lauds state response to COVID-19, but top Senate leader disagrees 
Times-Tribune: Scranton schools to purchase laptops for all students

South Central 
York Dispatch: York County commissioners discussed CARES Act in private meeting 
York Dispatch: York County to create two positions promoting diversity, inclusion 
York Dispatch: York County Prison: Trump reportedly promises probe of Everett Palmer’s death
York Dispatch: Treasurer’s Office will reopen to public Monday in York City 
York Dispatch: York County has 2 new deaths linked to COVID-19, 12 new cases
LNP | LancasterOnline: Local Republican’s proposal looks to ban politicians, government employees from serving on county GOP committee 
LNP | LancasterOnline: County commissioner calls for bust of Christopher Columbus to be removed
LNP | LancasterOnline: Only half of people identified for COVID-19 exposure in Lancaster County may be isolating 
LNP | LancasterOnline: These nursing homes are taking Lancaster County’s help with testing and other services 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Protesters gather in downtown Lancaster to remember other victims of police violence 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wrightsville council amends suspension of container law even as restaurants open 
York Daily Record: Northeastern principal could be fired over BLM post
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Five new cases reported in Cumberland County Wednesday; Dauphin cases continue to climb
Patriot News: Black Lives Matter protests continue in Harrisburg: ’Somebody will be on these steps until this broken system is fixed’ 
Patriot News: Black Lives Matter protest at Capitol in Harrisburg: Recap 
Patriot News: ‘What’s beyond green?’ Dauphin County leaders planning for future after coronavirus 
Patriot News: Pa. Capitol to reopen to the public on June 22 

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild on the upcoming election, the COVID-19 response and the movement for police reform 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Cases near 80K, deaths reach 6.3K. But case rates continue to slow. Lehigh Valley shows improvement. | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (6/17/20)
Morning Call: What do Pennsylvania lawmakers say about the police reform bills poised for votes in Congress next week?
Morning Call: Bethlehem Police Department becomes first in Lehigh Valley to release its full use-of-force policy
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley opening up to Juneteenth (Friday), America’s observance of the end of slavery
Morning Call: Lehigh County judge again rules Allentown can’t collect business privilege tax from nonprofit. The victor this time: Phoebe Ministries
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Wednesday marks fourth straight day of fewer than 400 new statewide COVID-19 cases
Reading Eagle: Exeter Township’s new manager ready to work with residents and elected officials 
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 9 new cases of coronavirus cases as 14-day average continues to slide

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rep. Fred Keller’s listening tour seeks input on possible police reform
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Pleas for police reforms made at Senate hearing
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners approve floodplain study
Erie Times-News: Fairview principal asks for Confederate flag ban
Erie Times-News: Whenever Erie County goes green, here’s what will happen
Centre Daily Times: Here’s how Centre County has fared with COVID-19 cases since entering the ‘green phase’
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Pennsylvania DOH removes 5 cases from Centre County’s COVID-19 case total

Dan Brouillette: Infrastructure and cybersecurity are key to America’s safety 
John Baer: Idiocy is on the rise in Pa., and everywhere else 
Jennifer Stefano: The reckoning: Before privilege, check your results
John L. Micek: Mike Turzai just went to work for the gas industry. The revolving door keeps spinning | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Nursing homes deserved better 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No more ag-gag laws
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Virtual meetings provide cover
Christine Flowers: South Philadelphia will fight for Columbus statue
Dom Giordano: Treat National Guard members at protests with decency
Deanna Burney: Philly School District needs better data to achieve equity 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Hair salon social distancing
Elmer Smith: Has America finally had enough? 
Brian O’Neill: Lake Elizabeth is all muck and no luck
Chris Kelly: Even in a pandemic, ‘Juneteenth’ can’t wait 
Charles D. Allen: What does it means to be Black, like me in America in 2020?
Brandi Fisher: This is the moment: Defund the police, reinvest in people
Steven Malanga: Why do big Democratic cities fail so often at police reform?

One Response

  1. Daryl Metcalfe is such a jealous asswipe that he may want to sue anybody to the left of Adolf Hitler that achieves some success. He wants to become the successor to TurdsEye.

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